The warmer weather has arrived and that provides a great opportunity to get out to some of Japan’s many historical sites, starting with its castles.
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From Arita ware to wave patterns and the technique of crazing, get to know the different types of Japanese pottery through the language.
Some restaurants in Japan are beginning to offer gluten-free options, but if you want to be certain then it's better to know the words that will help you avoid a dietary disaster.
Whether they're your "shin'yū," your "tomodachi" or your "nakama," reuniting with Japanese friends is always a blast.
Some people will tell you to watch TV to improve your Japanese, but the real classroom is a karaoke box.